Steve Jobs and the iPad 2
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduces the iPad 2 on stage during an Apple event in San Francisco, Calif. Jobs took the stage to a standing ovation on Wednesday, returning to the spotlight after a brief medical absence to unveil the second version of the iPad. REUTERS

After months of speculation and rumors both false and true, Apple revealed the iPad 2.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs put in an appearance, ending much of the speculation that he might decline to do so because of his health. We've been working on this product for a while, he said, and I didn't want to miss today, he said.

A white iPad joins the traditional black model, a move likely to draw the ire of consumers awaiting the mythical white iPhone.

No improvements were made in the iPad 2's battery capacity, which still hovers at around 10 hours. Prices for models of the iPad 2 will remain the same as their predecessors. The 16GB WiFi model will run for $499. A 3G-equipped version will be available for $629

Jobs said that the iPad 2 would be available on March 11.